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Hein Verbruggen

Biographical information

TypeIOC member
Full nameHein•Verbruggen
Used nameHein•Verbruggen
Born21 June 1941 in Helmond (NED)
Died14 June 2017 in Leuven (BEL)
NOC Netherlands


Hein Verbruggen studied at the NOIB Nijenrode Business School, graduating in 1964. He later worked in business starting with Carnation Belgium from 1964-68, then becoming product and sales manager at M&M/Mars from 1969-75. In 1975 Verbruggen set up his own business as a consultant, forming Business Consultants, a company he ran from 1975-2000.

In sports administration Verbruggen worked mostly in cycling, becoming a board member of the Fédération International du Cyclisme Professionnel (FICP) from 1979-82. He eventually became President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in 1991, after serving as FICP President from 1984, and was responsible for merging the FICP and the FIAC (Fédération Internationale Amateur de Cyclisme) into the UCI. Verbruggen was also President of SportAccord from 2007-13. His later tenure as UCI President was marked by controversy related to doping scandals, and allegations that the UCI covered up positive tests by Lance Armstrong. Verbruggen was awarded the Olympic Order in 2010. He was made an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2005.

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
President Union Cycliste Internationale 1991—2005 NED Hein Verbruggen
UCI International Olympic Committee 1996—2005 NED Hein Verbruggen
President Global Association of International Sports Federations 2004—2013 NED Hein Verbruggen
Honorary International Olympic Committee 2008—2017 NED Hein Verbruggen

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